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2018 AIA|LA Restaurant Design Awards

Designers Who Set the Table

If "farm to table" is a driver of contemporary cuisine, who sets the table - as in, who makes a place for it, literally - is also an essential
element of the dining experience. The American Institute of Architects Los Angeles chapter (AIA|LA) is delighted to announce the winners
of the 2018 AIA|LA Restaurant Design Awards program, a series of spaces that deliver atmospheres that tantalize while simultaneously
adhering to demanding functional needs.
The 2018 RDA Jury was composed of:
Architect Christopher Warren, AIA, LEED AP / Founding Principal, WORD
Professional chef/kitchen designer Ron Smoire / Ron Smoire Design
Design historian and journalist Maile Pingel
The AIA|LA, annually, seeks a cross section of expertise on restaurant design for its jury. Warren's design of the Little Ground Café earned
the architect an AIA|LA Restaurant Design Award in 2017.
Winning architects and designers were honored at an awards ceremony on Friday, April 6, 2018 hosted by interior designer and restaurateur Barbara Lazaroff, ASID, at Dwell on Design, a design fair held in downtown Los Angeles. Lazaroff, who helped usher in a new age
of restaurant design with her treatment of Spago, among other quintessential California restaurants, has remained a dynamic contributor
to Southern California lifestyle. Barbara Bouza, FAIA, of Gensler, AIA|LA's 2019 Chapter President-Elect, kicked off the program with her
introductory remarks.
Special thanks to:
notNeutral, Inc. for the plates awarded to our winners
Seedlip for the gift bags


Category: Restaurant
ATX Cocina, Austin, TX
Michael Hsu Office of Architecture
This project presented design harmony - in all aspects and
throughout. From the material palate to the color palate, and
just the way the space were arranged, even the selection of
furniture. This is one of the projects that really attempted to
customize every aspect of the space. The ceiling detailing - it's
a pretty spectacular portion of the project, and, not only the
curved ceiling, but even its flat portion realized a high amount
of detail. The red, this bold hue - the blue as well: this is Texas.
There are forty different items that are actually detailed, but
they work together as a single project.

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